James Martin: Stop moaning about Great British Bake Off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2017
James Martin

James Martin

James Martin wants people to "stop moaning" about 'Great British Bake Off', and thinks Prue Leith is doing "an amazing job"

James Martin wants people to "stop moaning" about 'Great British Bake Off'.

The 45-year-old television chef is sick to death of people complaining about the Channel 4 baking competition, which recently moved from its home with the BBC and underwent an overhaul with its cast after Mary Berry, Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins left the show to be replaced with Prue Leith, Sandy Toksvig, and Noel Fielding.

After imploring people to "stop moaning", James added: "Do you know what I mean? There's more to life in the world that's going on. There's a lot going on in the world - look at what's happening with Japan and North Korea, and what's happening in America and everything else. I mean, put it in perspective for God's sake!"

However, the former 'Saturday Kitchen' host does have some nice things to say about the programme, as he thinks new judge Prue - who has joined returning cast member Paul Hollywood on the judging panel - is doing "an amazing job".

He said: "Prue did an amazing job. A good format will stand the test of time. It's a TV show, it can move from channel to channel. People will find it. If they don't like it, they'll find something else."

'Great British Bake Off' isn't James' only gripe with the TV cooking scene either, as he believes there's "too many" chefs on our screens these days.

He argued: "There's too many of us now. When I first started there were about eight of us doing it, now there's bloody 108. There's loads of them - winner of this, second of this, third of this and seventh in this competition- they're all doing it now."

His biggest pet peeve, however, is food bloggers and YouTube stars who "preach" about healthy eating without actually being doctors or cooks.

The 'Saturday Morning with James Martin' host told RadioTimes.com: "All of a sudden they're preaching about health food and telling people what to eat. I don't agree with that. You're not a doctor so keep your mouth shut. You're not even a cook. I don't know what you are!"

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